Make Vegetables Beyond-interesting

Knowing how to make vegetables beyond-interesting is one of life’s most valuable skills. You only get so far with exercise. Why not save yourself some time in the gym?

On the food channel yesterday an extremely swollen young woman was demonstrating recipes that consisted, sadly, of dairy and more dairy. Please, need I state the obvious. If you eat like that you’ll look like that. And sooner rather than later.

Here’s a dish I often serve because of its user-friendliness. And you’ll be surprise how appetizing it is.

Spinach Shitake (servers 2)

  1. 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic slow-cooked in a frying pan
  2. With a fork, crush the garlic into 2 tablespoons of melting coconut oil
  3. Add Spice: 1/8 teaspoon tumeric (for it memory-enhancing qualities) Get creative. Usually I try not to confuse the taste         with too many different spices in one dish
  4. 1 large or 2 small bundles of spinach, and a stock or 2 of chopped leek are piled on top of the frying pan. Keep it fairly dry. Drain if liquid accumulates.
  5. Meanwhile, Shitake mushrooms drizzled with Nama Shoyu   (healthy soy sauce) and red wine are warmed up in oven.
  6. Put the mushrooms over the spinach and serve as a side.

I’m giving a cooking class at Panacea on Friday, October 22. Entitled Tex-Mex on the edge, it will include simple recipes like the one above, and more involved techniques like sprouting and using a dehydrator.  The class focuses entirely on vegan dishes, so you will learn many ways to use vegetables more creatively.

These are vegan dishes that even the biggest carnivore will devour.

Spots are limited and filling up fast. Don’t wait too long, and be disappointed when the class is full and you can’t get in.

Admission is $40 in advance and $50 at the door (if there are any empty seats left).

Click here to book right now!

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The Buddy System, 3-on-1 Personal Training

Having friends to workout with is a great motivator. It even makes a great date. You can take advantage of the social aspects of working out by combining any of our sessions with friends or family members. And it’s a sweet deal too.

We have 3 types of sessions at Panacea: fitness only, wellness coaching (which includes smoothie, fitness training, and a small healthy meal) , and 1-on-1 cooking classes. You can take any of these options and include a friend or two. For 3 people, $35 each. For 2 people, $45 each. This is a huge discount from single sessions. Buy a 10-pack together for an even better price.

There are 3 stations (cardio, core, resistance-training) you can alternate between. So there is no waiting around. It creates a really fun atmosphere and it’s a wonderful way to bond. You can even bring your own music if you like.

For less than a price of a night out, you can have a workout and a nice meal too.

Click here to book.

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Portobello Steaks

Nothing is easier than this. Not even microwave dinners. Not even a peanut butter sandwich. Portabello mushroom caps, just cook them like a steak. Except it’s faster.

Throw a couple of Portobello mushroom caps on an oven dish, and splashed with red wine, cocunot oil, Nama Shoyu (or soy sauce if you haven’t got the good stuff), and Italian seasoning. You can also do them on a barbeque’s by marinating beforehand, and treating them like regular steaks.

Carnivores usually don’t know how to prepare vegetables. This is a great tragedy. Be careful not to overcook! If you do, the caps will shrink too much and you won’t get the right consistency. Remember, error on the side of cooking too little, and you’ll get them plump and juicy.  They’ll melt in your mouth.

If you’re interested in learning how to make healthy food sexy, come to my cooking class October 22 here at Panacea.

Cooking class: Sultry Tex-Mex on the edge
Friday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Come hungry!
Book here

***Update***

You can cut up the leftover stem with garlic, basil, tomoto , and olives. Then coat the top with oil.

Put the mixture on top and broil for about five minutes..you can add some mozarella if you eat cheese and serve in wedges as a pizza

Thanks to Jane Anne Murray

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Raw Cheese: an Ecstatic Experience

The poor man’s version of raw cheese is super-easy. And fast to make. And best of all, it’s completely lactose-free.

  • 2 cups ground cashews (do it in your coffee grinder)
  • Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
  • Add a few drops of filtered water for a more melted consistency
  • A dash of celtic sea salt
  • Flavour with tarragon (or whatever spice appeals to you)

Mix in a bowl and chill
Good for 2 days

The “traditional” version of raw cheese is a little more involved. It tastes better, and it’s a powerful probiotic. It contains rejuvalc, which has been use in a cancer treatment very successfully. Also, and this is strange fact, it can turn grey hair back to its natural colour if taken regularly enough.

You can’t buy rejuvelac. You have to make it. Because rejuvalac is a living culture, it tastes more like cheese – in fact, it tastes far better than any so-called “real” cheese you’ve ever experience.

At my cooking class at Panacea, I go into depth on how to make Rejuvalac, and how to use it in other dishes and beverages.

Not only will I show you how to make raw cheese out of Rejuvelac, I’ll demonstrate a recipe for raw bread out the dehydrator. This is just a taste of what’s on offer October 22 at Panacea. Come hungry!

Book online now or RSVP 416-570-71111

Sultry Tex-mex Cooking Class at Panacea
Friday October 22, 7:30 pm
2388 St. Clair Ave. West
(2 blocks east of Runnymede)

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Meet Niki Ainslie

Niki teaches the art of living in the moment. She’s our hot yoga instructor Tuesday nights at Panacea. You won’t be able to get enough of her.

In Thailand, she completed her teacher training in Hatha yoga at Pran Yoga College. Her yoga practice has taken her around the world.

Niki’s classes are physically challenging while offering a place to connect mind and breath for deep relaxation and clarity.

Her distinctive style appeals to both the newcomer and experienced practitioner. She lures you in with a pleasurable stretch before pushing it to another level. And yet another.

Our intimate environment is not only conducive to the serious work of yoga, but fosters a genuinely fun, friendly and non-pretentious atmosphere.

Weight loss, flexibility, core strength, stress relief, anti aging and improved immunity – the benefits of yoga, and especially hot yoga go on and on, and have been well documented for thousands of years. You haven’t experienced yoga until you’ve experienced hot yoga.

You leave lighter.

Book today! – Our next class is Tuesday Septemeber 21st.

Your first class is free!

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Creating the Good Habits

The easiest way to quit something is by replacing it with something better. And if you and your partner get on the same page, it can happen fast. If you haven’t got a significant other, then you have no one to distract you.

It’s easy to see the logic of eliminating some if not all of the meat and dairy from your diet. Who wants the big middle-aged gut, the gas and digestive problems, the swollen prostate and inflamed bowel, or any of the diseases associated with these conditions?

What can you do instead? Why not make stir fries a staple option. It’s just vegetables – with a grain if you so desire, and/or tofu. Whether a high percentage of raw food is your ideal, but you feel a need to be a little less restrictive and stray every once in a while, or you want to step it up from more bloating meals, stir-fries are a viable strategy in the battle of the bulge.

Ingredients: 6 gloves garlic,  2 red peppers, 1 bunch spinach, 12 mushrooms, 1 red onion, turmeric, coconut oil
serves 3-4 people

Chop half the garlic finely, toss in frying pan with spice (ie. tumeric)
Crush the garlic with fork to disperse its taste
Add chopped veggies (in this order: red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms cut in half, almost anything you come across in the refrigerator)
Add red onion, spinach piled up on top (a lot because it reduces to very little)
toss in remaining whole cloves of garlic

Remember cook slowly and don’t overcook, that the most common mistake. It doesn’t take long. This is quick-to-make meal. Drain any excess liquid because you want it relatively dry when you add the sauce at the end. Also, the liquid you drain can be used in a home-made sauce.

Last but not least, the sauce.
Tahini (just add 3 teaspoons, 1 lemon and water and mix it in)
Sweet and Sour (make it yourself or buy it from the health food store)
Curry (ditto)

Anyone have a non-nut-sauce you can put together quickly for a stir-fry? Please share. Join us for the “Sultry Tex-mex” cooking class on October 22.

Book here

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Hot Yoga starting September 21

Back by popular demand, the newly renovated Panacea is re-starting Hot Yoga Classes on Tuesday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.

Our new setting features a gorgeous bamboo hardwood floor that looks good enough to eat, and a larger space.

Afterwards, join us to hydrate with complimentary herbal ice tea and a cornucopia of chilled fruit.

To celebrate our re-opening, the first class is free for newcomers.

Click here to register online.

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Doing Abs

The whole thing about doing abs is frequency, frequency, frequency. At first. Later, the strategy changes. You can do them very thoroughly once a week – for a whole hour. But for now, do them every day. Either in the morning, when you first wake up (if you’re a morning person) or in the evening (if you have trouble falling asleep). Do them after your afternoon nap if you like. Whatever works for you. But every #@!*&%@! day!

Building muscle memory takes honest work. Elbow to knee. Tap. Elbow to knee. Tap. Do 300 reps anyway you can. 3 X 100, or 5 X 60, or if you’re really out of shape but determined, 30 X 10. As long as it adds up to 300. Pretty soon, maybe even within a week for many of you, you can do the 300 reps in one foul swoop. Supersetting with push up is always a good idea. Pretty soon you do can 300 reps of elbow-to-knee crunches and 50 push-ups.

Stomach goes down. Chest up. You message the organs: stomach, liver, lungs, esophugus, spleen, kidneys, all that good stuff. Try this on a cleanse or diet for dramatic results, or do them in a sauna.

Start now, ready go!

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Regaling Coconut Oil – for Cooking, Moisturizing, and Lubricating…

Did you know coconut oil can be used for things other than cooking? Even olive oil becomes carcinogenic at high temperatures. Coconut oil does not. In fact, coconut oil not only remains stable at high temperatures, it’s one of the healthiest alternatives. As far as vegetable oil is concerned, don’t even go there. Coconut oil makes any stir-fry taste great.

Another advantage of coconut oil you may not be aware of is its efficacy in moisturizing the skin. I like to soak my face, head and hands with coconut oil. It takes about an hour or two to soak in. It gives me my amazingly youthful complexion.

Last, but not least, I recommend you stop buying KY Jelly! Or any generic chemical lubricant. Try coconut oil for those intimate moments. And benefit from its anti-microbial qualities. Remember, it’s edible. Your favourite personal trainer, Peter

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